Dana L. Stringer

Dana L. Stringer

Dana L. Stringer is an Atlanta-based playwright, poet, screenwriter, and writing instructor with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Out of Hand Theater, which has afforded her writing commissions for short plays presented for tailored audiences at Audible, BlackRock, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Corporate...
Dana L. Stringer is an Atlanta-based playwright, poet, screenwriter, and writing instructor with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Out of Hand Theater, which has afforded her writing commissions for short plays presented for tailored audiences at Audible, BlackRock, Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, and Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals. Additional commissions include Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre and Horizon Theatre Company’s Black Women Speak emerging playwrights collective. She has been a guest playwright with Theatrical Outfit’s Downtown Dialogues, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 8, Essential Theatre’s Introduction to Playwriting, and True Colors Theatre’s Next Gen Playwrights. Her most recent play, We the Village, was selected for Theatrical Outfit’s Made in Atlanta new play development program and the Unexpected Play Festival (2020), as well as Working Title Playwright’s First Light Reading Series (2018). A combination of her plays, live and virtual staged readings, monologues, and interdisciplinary art have been produced by Theatrical Outfit, The Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Theatre Network, Out of Hand Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Vanguard Repertory Company, Ain’t I a Woman Playfest, Blue Pearl Theatrics, National Black Theatre Festival, Fade to Black Play Festival, MoJo Fest, Coleman & Smith Artistic Company, and the NAACP 10-Minute Play Festival. Dana periodically serves as an adjunct writing instructor in the inspiration2publication program at Antioch University Online. She is a Cave Canem fellow and the author of the poetry chapbook, In Between Faith. Her poetry has also been published in the African American Review, Rogue Agent, Blackberry: a magazine, and For Harriett. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Working Title Playwrights.

Plays

  • Looter
    When a small riot erupts in a low-income Black neighborhood, after a white man shoots and kills an unarmed Black man, a young man named Diego decides to take advantage of the situation by looting a local convenience store. Unfortunately, for Diego, things don’t go as planned when the store owner shows up armed, in an effort to protect his property, and finds Diego taking items from his store.
  • The Costume Waver
    When B-movie star, Ramon Sinclair, accidentally runs into former acting school classmate, Wes, an interesting discourse about art and selling out to make it in Hollywood ensues. Both men find themselves doing whatever it takes to survive.
  • Colored in Winter
    When an African American man runs out of gas during a winter storm, he reaches out to a white business owner and his wife for assistance. Unfortunately, he is met with hostile resistance that appears to be racially motivated. However, when a life-threatening emergency arises, the man rushes into action, allowing the couple to see beyond his racial identity.
  • Spare Change
    In Spare Change, Aubrey, a young, educated, and professional African-American woman, crosses paths with a mysterious woman in a city park, who Aubrey later discovers is her estranged mother.